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Call for Participation, ASIS&T 2018 SIG InfoLearn Workshop

“Coordinating Scholarship in Searching as Learning”

Sat. Nov. 10, 2018, 8:00am – 12:00pm, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC.


  • Dr. Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Sam Chu, University of Hong Kong

Distinguished Scholar Keynote:

  • Dr. Dan Russell, Google
Interested in Attending?

We strongly recommend participants email a 1-page SS research narrative describing the author’s research interests, proposed / in-progress work that connects to SIG InfoLearn mission/ goals/workshop theme. There is no review/selection process; workshop groups will be based on narrative.

Deadline for position papers: 9/25/18

Email your paper

Register for workshop / conference:

ASIST’s new Special Interest Group, SIG Information and Learning Sciences (SIG InfoLearn) was initiated and launched in Spring of 2017. This SIG builds upon the growing recognition of the ways in which the scholarly disciplines of information science and the learning sciences stand to enrich one another theoretically, methodologically, and, empirically, for instance through design improvements within systems in which human learning is expected.

Following on the success of the first annual workshop, this year we will host a second pre-conference event at ASIS&T 2018, focused on “Searching as Learning.” This workshop will aim to augment and clarify our scholarly community’s shared understanding of what is meant by the nomenclature, “searching as learning.” We will explore the kinds of research that might be promising for ongoing engagement within the boundaries of search, information-seeking, inquiry and learning. A keynote from Dr. Dan Russell of Google will provide insights on the design and development efforts occurring within commercial search services that take into account human learning, cognition and development. Dr. Russell will share how learning is conceptualized within Google from pragmatic design standpoints. Further discussion will be made regarding areas of theoretical and methodological opportunity that are present in cross-navigating inter-disciplinarily between and among learning and information sciences scholarly domains.

Target outcomes: New collaborative partnerships and projects, journal special issue(s) proposals for Information and Learning Sciences and other outlets, grant proposal ideas, expanded understanding of the research work that spans this inter-disciplinary domain.

Registration rate: $130 for ASIS&T members, $160 for non-members; includes pastries, coffee break. Optional informal networking lunch to follow! Continuing the conversations…


8:00 – 8:15 Welcome and Introduction: Rebecca Reynolds (Founding Chair, SIG InfoLearn)
Some initial terrain-mapping across disciplines
8:20 – 8:50 One-to-two-minute introductions: All participants. (Multiple groups if needed)
8:50 – 9:15 Theory/Method Jeopardy: Test your knowledge of theories and methods used in Information and Learning Sciences, around learning, inquiry, knowledge building.
9:15 – 10:00 Featured Keynote(s): Dr. Dan Russell, Google
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:10 Working Paper Workshop: In small break-out groups of ~5 participants, pre-arranged mixed groups will be led by Chu, Haythornthwaite, Meyers, Reynolds, keynoters). Give a concise 3-5 minute overview of your ideas; scholars will respond publicly to small group with feedback, ideas, and sharing and learning together.
11:10 – 11:40 Two-minute madness (Participant report-back, debriefings, takeaways)
11:40 – 12:00 Wrap-up and closing remarks: Prof. Caroline Haythornthwaite